Photo by Brian Guilliaux
Las Vegas International Accordion Convention
October 14-17 - Gold Coast Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Excited to be returning for this wonderful event and playing a concert, as well as giving two workshops!
Tuesday October 15, 11-11:50 AM
Stage Presence and Building Your Show
Exploring all the elements that go into building a set or a show; finding your "voice" as an artist; allowing your personality to shine; connecting with the audience
Wednesday evening concert!
Thursday October 17, 10-10:50 AM
Accordions and Western Swing
Explores some of the great accordionists of the genre and their playing styles; incorporating songs and stylistic elements of the genre; covers many roles of the accordion in Western Swing bands; accompanying vocalists and improvisation.
Looking forward to making new friends and seeing familiar faces!
TCU Extended Education Course Complete!
What a wonderful month of July full of Western Swing music!
I enjoyed teaching and talking about all things Western Swing with an appreciative group of students. Thanks to TCU for the opportunity!
If you would like to check out what we covered, here is a link to my educational webpage: Western Swing and Cowtown
Many thanks to my guest lecturers and musicians:
Justin "Hushpuppy" Robertson - a Fort Worth native discussing his personal Western Swing experiences, as well as bringing in great records and 78s for us to hear
J.D. Barham - sharing his family's long history and association with Western Swing music, as well as bringing in artifacts, and playing some fiddle music for us!
Robert Willis - Al Stricklin's grandson, sharing his personal recollections growing up around wonderful musicians, learning from them, and time with his legendary grandfather
William L. Williams and Trinity River Music - an online archival project documenting North Texas music. William shared over 100 photos with us for our viewing pleasure featuring Western Swing musicians and venues dating back to the 1930's
Glenn McLaughlin - demonstrating classic Eldon Shamblin style Western Swing guitar and discussing his experience as a Western Swing music camp director in Truscott, TX
Nathan Phelps, Glenn McLaughlin and myself - performing a fifteen minute mini-concert on the last day to show the students some live Western Swing stylings!